By John Solari
Teams are often not the first things people talk about when they talk about company success. They are typically way down a list that leads with leadership, management, innovation and other business buzz terms.
But teams are the core of a company. How employees operate in these small groups, what makes them successful and how they can be replicated and strengthened should be constantly on the mind of every company leader.
There is a lot of human psychology that determines what makes great teams, as well as a lot of practical elements. Here are three things to think about when you are building, reconstituting or strengthening teams within your organization.
Human dynamics rule
As much as we want to think that our work selves are unique from our personal lives, the same dynamics reach across both. We are humans after all. Trust, commitment, ego, conflict — all these basic human drivers determine how we function in life and at work. I’ve learned a lot about this aspect of teams from author Patrick Lencioni. His books The Ideal Team Player and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team are thorough examinations of the characteristics and personality traits that make great teams.
Trust and commitment are key, but so is accountability. According to Lencioni, the best team players are humble, hungry and smart. When you are building your team around skills and functions, don’t underestimate the human qualities like humility, drive and the ability to gain trust that are vital for teams to function correctly both in terms of their internal workings and their client-facing relationships.
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John Solari is the managing partner of J.A. Solari & Partners. He has 25 years of accounting experience and is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants.